Several times a week, all classes of the focus classes for mental development (MD) department work in the kitchens of the Münsterland School in the area of housekeeping. The pupils prepare different dishes as independently as possible. They usually use sign-supported picture recipes on the iPads, which they can easily copy at home.
In the cooking lessons, the pupils practise baking and frying as well as other skills such as stirring, cutting and peeling etc. on a weekly basis. The pupils usually work together for several lessons to achieve a common result, a healthy and delicious meal. This provides the children and young people with repeated opportunities to communicate about recipes, dishes and food, as well as in the preparation itself.
In the summer holidays of 2022, the large kitchen, the small kitchen and the kiosk kitchen of the school were renovated, so that we now have good cooking facilities as well as the opportunity to eat together in a family setting.
Since September 2021, the MD focus classes have been working together with the ROSINCHEN for Kids e.V. foundation. The association donates working materials, offers the opportunity for weekly fresh food deliveries and provides advice in many areas related to home economics lessons. Frank Rosin and ROSINCHEN for pursue the goal of teaching pupils and teachers about healthy nutrition, its preparation and working in the kitchen with kitchen utensils.
We have a great school garden where a large bed is regularly tended by us. Depending on the season, we have more or less and different tasks to do.
It is particularly time-consuming to clear the bed of all weeds again and again. We learn about the different gardening tools and how to use them properly. The most popular task for all pupils is to push the wheelbarrow and empty it.
In spring, we grow small plants from different seeds in the MD focus classes and enjoy watching them germinate and grow every day. When the plants are big enough, we move them into the garden and water them as often as necessary.
Full of anticipation, we then wait for harvest time, eagerly tasting the harvested vegetable and fruit plants or using them in our home economics lessons. A highlight is often the sunflowers, which grow from a small seed into a huge plant, often much bigger than ourselves.
We try to make our pupils safer and more mobile for their everyday life. That is why we practice different everyday situations beyond the school grounds, such as riding the bus, moving safely in traffic, getting to know the surrounding area, short distances to the shops, visiting the weekly market, etc.
On the school grounds, the pupils can also learn to assess and improve their motor skills by using various vehicles (scooters, tricycles, therapy bikes, etc.).